20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Like to kick back and relax in the sun? Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place, with beautiful beaches, spectacular sights and enough tourist spots to keep all entertained. Planning a trip? Factor in some time on Ipanema and Copacabana, where the sands are golden and the ocean always inviting.

It can get hot here, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40 degrees and above. Like to keep cool? Visit in May, June and July, when the weather is pleasant and the beaches a little quieter. Rio isn’t all about the beach, and a visit to see Christ the Redeemer, standing tall atop Mount Corcovado, is an absolute must.

Like to party? Time a trip to coincide with Rio’s famous carnival — considered the biggest on Earth. More than two million people take to the streets to celebrate and, although finding a room can be difficult at such times, those fortunate enough to experience the occasion tend to agree that the hard work was all worthwhile.